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A tribute to Khen Tuang (Tua Tuang) from Dr. Greg Burch

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Khen with his wife Huai and daughter ZemZem.

Last week the Multnomah community lost a friend and fellow servant. Khen Tuang was killed in an automobile accident on Thursday, July 28, along with his friend Peter. Khen’s wife and daughter were also in the car accident and survived. Peter, a refugee from Myanmar, tragically lost his wife in a Thai refugee camp in 2008 — the couple’s three children are now orphaned.

Khen was part of the Global Development and Justice (MAGDJ) program at Multnomah University and was loved by his peers in cohort 3. He was from the Zomi ethnic group (generally known as hills people/tribe throughout Northwestern Myanmar) in the Chin state of Myanmar (Burma). Khen graduated from Bible College in Myanmar and was active in his local church. He had a passion to see peoples’ lives transformed through faith in Christ and community development work.

Khen was all in. He was fully committed to returning to Myanmar in order to serve those who suffered in his community. Khen was passionate about seeing everyone reach their full potential as people who have been made in the image of God.

This past year, while researching child poverty in Myanmar, he wrote, “The Bible commends us to take care of the oppressed, vulnerable and the poor. We, as a church, need to help eradicate, holistically, from a biblical perspective, child poverty, while we nurture and feed those who are hungry and provide shelter to the homeless.” Khen’s research and the topics he covered were often focused on those who were marginalized, such as refugees living in Portland and children living in poverty.

Khen also had a keen eye for research even in a language that was not native to him. This past semester here at MU in Applied Field Research, Khen flourished as he learned and applied common development research tools to help the Zomi refugee community succeed in transitioning to life in America. Working with a local Zomi congregation (along with pastor Muana Khuptong, a Multnomah Biblical Seminary alumnus), Khen formed a research group with a Guatemalan student and a South Sudanese student. Together they rose to the task of adapting these complex research tools to help identify resources and needs that are common to refugees moving to the Portland area. Over a 15-week period of time, they met with several refugees and developed a plan to provide additional support to this community.

Khen also loved his family. Even before he arrived in Portland, Khen told me that his family would not be able to join him during his first year of studies. As we discussed this, he communicated that it was going to be difficult for him, but that he would work out a plan so his wife and daughter could join him after the first year. And he did just that. Just a week before the accident that took his life, Khen —grinning — walked into my office with his wife Huai and daughter ZemZem. We talked about their plans as a family, and he asked me to pray for them, as he often did. As we were standing there, Khen removed his sandals and knelt down on the carpet with his wife and 2-year-old daughter following. I knelt with them and prayed a prayer of blessing over their sweet family. As they left my office, Khen, like he often did, thanked me profusely for the prayer. He was always so grateful.

Khen’s peers have taken it upon themselves to raise funds in order to help Huai and ZemZem as they face some difficult challenges ahead. Visit their GoFundMe site for an opportunity to support them during this painful time.

We are grateful to have known you, Khen. The world is different because of you.

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Khen (far right) with his pastor and friend in front of MU.

Free documentary screening, discussion of “Professor Norman Cornett” November 2

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New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah University is proud to host a public screening/discussion of the documentary “Professor Norman Cornett: Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?” on November 2, 2015.

About Professor Norman Cornett

NormanCornett_blogProfessor Cornett is a specialist in theology and culture, particularly theology and the arts. He developed a method of teaching which he calls, “dialogic, ” that uniquely engages students’ creativity. He lost his job at McGill University over the impact of this methodology, and his former students rallied around him.

The documentary

Professor Cornett’s innovative views on learning are portrayed in “Professor Norman Cornett,” a documentary by Alanis Obomsawin, one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. The National Film Board of Canada released the film in 2009, and it now screens in universities throughout North America and Europe. Immediately after the showing at MU, Professor Cornett will lead a “dialogic” discussion with audience members, fielding questions and speaking about his unique vision for education.

Date

Monday, November 2, 2015

Time

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where

The Multnomah University campus, classroom L101

Cost

THIS EVENT IS FREE and OPEN to the public, including all MU students, staff and faculty.

More about Professor Cornett

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA with distinction in history, Norman Cornett came of age amidst the counterculture fervor of the ’60s. He completed a PhD. in church history at McGill University, going on to teach there for 15 years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Religious Studies. Employing creative learning methods, he used his courses to address complex issues ranging from palliative care and jazz improvisation to First Nations history and Afghanistan. Professor Cornett lives in Québec, Canada. Learn more about him on his website.

Satan. What Does the Bible Say? – Angelology Video Series (Part 3/3)

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Theology Outside the Walls

In this 3rd and final installment of our new 3-part mini series of videos on Angelology, we ask the question "What does the Bible say about Satan?" You might be asking, "Why is Satan in a series about Angelology?", "Who is Satan in the Bible?" Watch the video and find out.

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What Do Angels Look Like? – Angelology Video Series (Part 2/3)

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Theology Outside the Walls

In this 2nd of our new 3-part mini series of videos on Angelology, we ask the question "What Do Angels Know and What Do They Look Like?

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Do We Each Have A Guardian Angel? – Angelology Video Series (part 1/3)

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Do We Each Have A Guardian Angel? – Angelology Video Series (part 1/3)

Theology Outside the Walls

We're launching a new mini series of videos that seek to help answer some of the questions we all hear about. It's a process we're calling "Theology outside the walls." And we figure, why not just jump right in to the big ones we've all wondered about since we were small children.

Professor of Bible and Theology Dr. Joseph Zichterman will kick us off on a 3-part series of videos on Angelology.

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MU Plays a Key Role in Reno’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking

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Director of MU Reno-Tahoe John McKendricks and Awaken, Inc. saw some of the fruit of their labor this past week when Nevada's Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill in support of sex-trafficking prevention. What began as an effort by Multnomah to minister to their community in Reno has continued to grow and flourish with real, tangible results in view. Read the rest of this entry »

Multnomah University Appearing in Portlandia Season 3

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Multnomah University Appearing in Portlandia Season 3

Remember this casting call for  Portlandia Season 3 filming on campus?

Portlandia TV Show Features Multnomah University Campus

Portlandia filmed a number of sketches for season 3 for two days this past summer and we had a blast. The Portlandia film crew and actors were some of the best people we've ever had the privilege of working with. It was great seeing Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen hanging around the Admissions Offices or sitting in the commuter lounge of the JCA or sweating it out for three hours with Dr. Dan Lockwood in a very hot Mitchell Library because the sound guys needed the AC turned off!

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How Should Christians Vote?

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How Should Christians Vote?

Church & State Conference

In anticipation of our upcoming election season, many Christians are asking "Is there a Christian way to vote?" This conference will go beyond the "Christian voter card" to considering holistic ways of bringing our faith to bear in the public sector. We will explore the relationship between church and state, seeking to develop a Christian ethic for life in the public square. Read the rest of this entry »

A Conference On Fatherlessness In Portland

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A Conference On Fatherlessness In Portland

Why Attend

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling." – Psalm 68:5

In 2010 24.7 million American children lived in a biologically father-absent home. That equates to 33 percent of America’s kids living without a biological father in their household. Over twenty million lived with no father (biological, adoptive, or step).  Father-Shift seeks to bring awareness to this epidemic and equip communities to bring healing and change to the fatherless landscape in our City. Some of our students and alumni are involved with this event and we at Multnomah thought it important enough to partner with the local churches to sponsor it the conference.

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Invisible Children Documentary Comes To Portland

Invisible Children Documentary Comes To Portland

Special Screening To Raise Awareness

Multnomah University will be hosting a screening of the latest documentary from Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that seeks to stop atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa.

MOVE: A Movie About A Movie About A Movement About You

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